Posted: December 4, 2013
When you're entertaining a large group of family and friends over the holidays, how do you handle your wine selections?
Posted: November 27, 2013
Posted: November 20, 2013
Posted: November 13, 2013
How much do wine lovers usually spend for a bottle of wine at retail? Wine Spectator polls its readers to find out what they pay at the store.
Posted: November 7, 2013
When it comes to California's signature red variety, most people immediately think of Napa Valley. But the state has other regions where the grape can excel, such as Paso Robles, which is experiencing a boomlet (see "Ripe for Cabernet" in our Nov. 15 issue); Knights Valley in Sonoma, the source of Peter Michael's Les Pavots and a top Beringer bottling; and Santa Cruz Mountains, home of the classic Ridge Monte Bello.
Posted: October 30, 2013
Fans of Tuscan wines have plenty of choices right now. The current releases span several vintages, myriad price points and a broad range of styles—from the generous 2011s to the powerful 2010s and elegant 2009s, from traditional Sangiovese bottlings to international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, either blended or solo. (For recent ratings of hundreds of wines, see the Tuscan Bounty tasting report in our Oct. 31 issue and Spotlight on Brunello di Montalcino in our June 30 issue.)
Posted: October 23, 2013
Australian Shiraz, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Italian Chianti—these are some of the benchmark wines when it comes to value bottlings. But beyond these established categories, there's plenty of room for discovery. Our Oct. 15 issue rounded up red and white values from 11 countries around the globe, representing the best of the best at $15 or less per bottle.
Posted: October 16, 2013
Many restaurants are putting special emphasis on wines by the glass, increasing and improving their selections—a trend reflected among the honorees in our online 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards. No longer just a place to turn over large brands, by-the-glass selections emphasize diversity and spotlight overlooked wines.
Posted: October 9, 2013
When it comes to Italian wine, Tuscany, Piedmont and the northeast get most of the attention, but gaze south of these popular regions and you'll find a host of distinctive wines with stories to tell. Among them are the islands: sun-drenched Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily, one of Italy's largest wine-producing regions, is known for red wines such as Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese, whites such as Inzolia and Grillo and sweet Moscatos from Pantelleria. Sardinia's wine industry is small and based on Spanish varieties such as Cannonau, Bovale, Carignano and Vermentino. For Wine Spectator's first comprehensive report on central and southern Italy, in our Oct. 31 issue, we rated more than 750 wines in blind tastings, and Sicily and Sardinia appeared in our Top Wines and Top Values lists.
Posted: October 2, 2013
When it comes to collecting, wine lovers are as varied as the bottles they keep. While many are satisfied with a few cases stored in a cool corner of the basement or a small wine fridge, others invest in a luxurious walk-in cellar capable of holding several thousand bottles. Yet a middle way is emerging for collectors who purchase most bottles for early drinking and to support an active lifestyle of cooking and entertaining. In our Oct. 31 issue, we take a look at "The Contemporary Cellar"—generally sized to hold less than 1,000 bottles and be an integral element of a home's living space.
Posted: September 25, 2013
Few countries offer the range and diversity of grapes, regions and styles that mark the wine map of Spain. In the past 12 months, Wine Spectator has reviewed more than 1,000 Spanish wines—from crisp, minerally whites to big, ripe reds, along with lively sparklers, refreshing rosés and complex Sherries. (See our tasting report in the Oct. 15 issue.) While the country's stalwart producers and regions consistently produce the most exciting wines, an explorer could happily wander the back roads and never drink the same wine twice.
Posted: September 18, 2013
Pinot Noir is known for transmitting the unique qualities of the site in which it's grown. California has a diverse range of cool-climate terroirs perfect for Pinot, producing wines that range from dark and rich to light and elegant. (Find out which regions fared best in California's challenging 2011 vintage in our annual tasting report, in the Oct. 15 issue, and learn more about California's Pinot appellations in this video with producer Dan Kosta.)
Posted: September 11, 2013
In restaurants of all types, there is a growing corps of trained wine professionals. Wine service today is more knowledgeable and ambitious, and often more personable, than ever before, and many current wine lists—including many honored in our 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards—reflect sommeliers' personal passions.
Posted: September 4, 2013
While Chardonnay remains the most popular and most widely planted white grape in California, other white varieties—bottled as varietal wines or blends—are gaining ground in the Golden State. These exciting bottlings span a wide range of styles and flavors. (Our Napa office reviewed more than 500 aromatic whites in the past year; read the tasting report in the Aug. 31, 2013, issue.)
Posted: August 28, 2013
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